Crain’s New York Business Profiles Watson Adventures Founder

Bret Watson, owner of Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts“An occasional stand-up comedian and a writer and editor for magazines including Entertainment Weekly in the 1990s, Bret Watson would regularly spend free time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looking for amusing details and juxtapositions in the exhibits.”

So begins a profile of the found of Watson Adventures in the Crain’s New York Business article “How a Writer Grew a Scavenger Hunt for Friends into a 30-City Business.” You’ll find out his favorite clue, our “smartest” customer, and the Watson Adventures origins story. How does the story end? Not a clue. See the story

5 Powerful Women at the Museum Whose Stories You Should Know

Watson Adventures Powerful Women MuseumsAncient Roman sculptures. Demure portraits.  Lots and lots and lots of nudes. You might be forgiven if that’s what comes to mind when you think of women and museums, but we can do better than that.

For Women’s History Month, we’ve rounded up pieces of art featuring some of our favorite powerful women from some of our best scavenger hunts. From dragon-slayer to goddess, these women are just a few examples of the countless ladies who deserve all the attention we can give them. Read More

City Guide Features Watson Adventures “Exhilarating” Adventures

The experts on New York City entertainment at have featured Watson Adventures’ scavenger hunts as particularly appealing for people who like riddles. “Whether you’re looking to join up on one of their public hunts, or you have a private or corporate event, Watson will deliver challenging clues designed to send you on an exhilarating two-hour journey,” notes the article. See the story

8 Amazing Works of Art By and About People of Color at the National Portrait Gallery

Watson Adventures National Portrait Gallery People of Color

In a rare feat for a presidential portrait, the February unveiling of President Barack Obama’s was an artistic event. The reveal of the first black president’s portrait (alongside that of First Lady Michelle Obama) drew international attention. Brooklyn artist Kehinde Wiley’s characteristically bright, bold painting has become an instant draw at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

A trip to the museum is well worth your time. There are plenty of great pieces and hidden gems to explore during your visit. Sharlette Williams, our D.C. coordinator and hunt host extraordinaire (and local foodie), takes a look at a few of her favorite pieces created by or featuring people of color. Read More

Great Women Artists: 4 Amazing Artworks and the Women Who Made Them

Watson Adventures Great Women Artists“Why have there been no great women artists?” Art historian Linda Nochlin posed the question in 1971 in an essay whose point was just the opposite: Art history is full of great women artists you’ve likely never heard of. In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s meet some of them.

Whether you’re familiar with these four artworks and their creators, they’re just a few examples of the art women have been creating for centuries. Some of them toiled in semi-obscurity, while others enjoyed fame in their time but since have been overlooked. And one is a mystery, because who doesn’t love a good mystery? Read More

Boston Baked Beaniuses—and Other Awesome Team Names for Scavenger Hunts and Treasure Hunts

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Team NamesSherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot. Scooby-Doo. To catch a criminal, to solve a murder, to unravel a devious puzzle, you need one thing: a great name.

Now, to nab the murderers and demystify the mysteries behind a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt, you also need a team. Inventing a fun, funny team name is the perfect start to your fun, funny adventure, and it might even earn you some extra points! Here are just a few of the great names other teams have come up with.

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Stupid Cupid in the Museum: 13 Times the Valentine’s Day Mascot Was the Worst

Watson Adventures Cupid Valentines DayThey say love makes you do crazy things. In the case of Valentine’s Day, that tends to lean toward throwing away absurd amounts of money on flowers and table-for-two dinners. (Not to mention a couple million drug-store teddy bears, because nothing says love like a generic stuffed animal snatched off a shelf at Duane Reade.)

Nothing’s crazier, though, than the holiday’s mascot: Cupid, a naked, flying baby whose whole shtick is literally shooting people with arrows. He’s a maniac! A menace! He is also, to our unending amazement, a star of the fine art world. Cupid has starred in—or snuck into—countless paintings and sculptures over the centuries. And far from the innocent cherub of kids’ valentines, he has a nasty habit of being a creep, a weirdo, and even a plain old jerk.

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Welcome to the Jungle: 3 Corporate Team Building Lessons from Jumanji

Watson Adventures Jumanji Corporate Team Building Tips“Trust one another, and never blink.” 

It’s the start of a prophecy, but it’s also a major theme running throughout Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the wildly successful jungle adventure movie. Verrrry loosely inspired by the 1995 original, this reboot sucks four high-schoolers who don’t get along into a Jumanji video game, each taking the roles of the game’s heroes. Hijinks ensue.

More than just dodging rhinos and saving the world, Jumanji brings together a group of individuals, with all their quirks and fears, and forges them into an efficient, successful team. And it’s got a few tips for your office’s next team building effort. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

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From the Museum with Love: 10 Funny Valentines for the Art Lover in Your Life

The ultimate love-it-or-leave-it holiday, Valentine’s Day, is drifting ever closer on the wings of a crazed, arrow-slinging cherub. As if that weren’t romantic enough, our Naked at the Art Museum and Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery scavenger hunts are back to spice things up.

Need help asking out a hunt partner? We’ve got you covered with these artsy valentines, sure to melt any museum lover’s heart.*  

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Success in Team Building: A Tale of Two Cities

Watson Adventures Founder Bret WatsonYou have one company…but two offices. In different cities. With different staffs, cultures, sensibilities, you name it. The only guarantee: Your office is the cool one, the one that really runs things. The other office? Oh, you mean those slackers?

This intra-company competition is kinda weird, and not very productive; so, how do you turn that competition into something that might approach camaraderie?

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